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Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Forty-five students from Furr High School and volunteers braved the chilly weather and began installing a native plant garden at the intersection of Lockwood and Harrisburg in the East End on Wednesday, November 12. Previously covered in concrete and turf grass, the 200′ by 30′ space will be planted with native trees and plants that will provide shade and a place for the public to enjoy nature while waiting for the bus or MetroRail. The garden is designed for wildlife, specifically pollinators, including birds, butterflies and other insects. It will include a water feature that will intermittently provide water and the native grasses, shrubs and trees will provide nectar, berries and seeds.

Funding for the Lockwood Nature Garden comes from the Connecting People with Nature grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and a TIGER grant awarded to the City of Houston to connect trails and promote access to transit. This area will be at a light rail stop at Harrisburg and Lockwood. The park will become a part of the network of sidewalks, trails and parks that support pedestrian and bike activity throughout the East End.

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NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

Tomeka Weatherspoon, Houston Public Media, December 11, 2017 East End community groups and artists gathered to unveil a new large-scale mural. It’s a wall of underwater sea creatures not far from the city docks. “It was a year of planning,” said Veronica Gorczynski of the Greater East End Management District. Her group supports efforts to beautify the area. “We had over 300 people over 2 weekends — that includes a Saturday and a Sunday just cleaning up the site.” “If residents aren’t coming out and walking their neighborhood, we have to ask ourselves why.” said Gorczynski.

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Education Volunteer Opportunities with Barrio Dogs, Inc.

Education Volunteer Opportunities with Barrio Dogs, Inc.

Barrio Dogs, Inc. has been working in the East End since 2010 to educate and empower residents to address overpopulation and improve conditions for the animals around them. Barrio Dogs’ strategy is focused on three important points: 1) pets are a lifelong commitment and must receive proper care and treatment, 2) education and spay neuter…

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